Dear Professor Emeritus Weech.—I write to express sincere gratitude for your thoughtful congratulations. I first became a professor of pediatrics in the National Shinshu University, stayed there for five years, and then transferred to the University of Tokyo. I held this position for 16 years and, in March 1970, retired because of the age-limitation system.
The most impressive happening during the time of my tenancy was the XIth International Congress of Pediatrics organized by myself as the President. The success of the congress, however, was due to the participation of pediatricians notonly in Japan but also from all over the world. To them I express my thanks. The occasion brought to Tokyo the world leaders in pediatrics. Their names only had been known to us by publications in the literature. Young pediatricians found encouragement in their chosen profession. The Japanese public and through them the Japanese government were stimulated in